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'" Love is life "'

George Struikelblok:  impressive paintings of death and love

In the past years George Struikelblok has managed to become quite well known locally as well as internationally, for his expressive and emotional works of art. This young ambitious artist is also constantly on the lookout for new opportunities to increase his skills and further his career. As a result the last few years have seen a number of memorable milestones for George Struikelblok among which the opening of his own private atelier and gallery, a work/study residency at Duende in Rotterdam and most recently in 2008 a special research residency at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Here George did a detailed study on another art specialty he is fascinated with: three dimensional art installations in public places and open landscapes.

Struikelblok is most popular for the emotional paintings in which he expresses his emotions regarding the death of his father even before his own birth, and the resulting search for a line of communication between life and death. With predominantly abstract figures in striking colors and randomly placed letters from the alphabet, the artist puts to the canvas his emotions with regards to his father, but lately other aspects such as family life (he now has three children of his own) are also of great influence to his art. Although the figures are steadily becoming more abstract, there is a heightened sense of flow and movement in the compositions. The work is more dynamic and seems less focused on the emotions of loneliness and desperation, but more on a sense of togetherness and a joy for life.


Working experience:
1990- present Teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname
Since 1993 – Member of “Art 2000” an organization for young artists in Suriname
Since 2004 - Observing chairman of the FVAS (Federation for Visual Artists in Suriname)1992 - Aquarell workshop in Suriname
2007 - Artist in Residence at Duende, Rotterdam the Netherlands
2008 - Research Residency Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2015 Art without Borders; from Suriname to Curaçao, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Art event the Giant painting, painting installed at JAPIN international airport at Zanderij
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Unleashed, 30 years ABKS, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Carifesta art exhibition, KKF, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Pigments>Guyanne, Martinique, French Guyana
2013 Expo 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Sunchi i brasa, Galerie Alma Blou, Curacao

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George Struikelblok

Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
Solo George Struikelblok "Lob mi tu tamara"
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
The About Change emerging artists program
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
George Struikelblok one minute award nominee
Paramaribo SPAN
Double-feature: Tjon Poen Gie and Struikelblok
Interactive art installation George Struikelblok
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Mini Feature: George Struikelblok
The Surifesta 2007 monument of lights
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
George Struikelblok "Adarsh"
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
22 september 1973

Birth place:

1979 - 1986 Basic School ( Diploma)
1986 - 1990 High School ( Diploma)
1987 - 1991 Nola Hatterman Art Academy ( Diploma)
1997 - 1999 Edna Manley School of Visual and performing arts in Jamaica (Diploma)
1992-1995 Workshops in Aquarell, Décor, Screenprinting and Etching

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